Ning is great tool which allows you to create your own social network. The network has admin site, home site, dashboard panel, members site, forum section, blog section, photo&video publishing sites, chat application and supports adding widgets.
If you want to create your own networks you need to sign up to this application. After you create an account you choose your network name and domain.
Pros & Cons
- easy to use
- supports widgets
- chat&message application
- posting status update to profile and to Twitter
- different templates theme
- blog is restricted to 100.000 characters
- bad text editor
- no undo option
- problems with private chat
- problems with an account
- security problems (it stays logged in as long as you don't make log out - weeks, months...)
Tool accessibility test (15 June 2010)
Server Response Time test performed from Seattle, WA / Munich, Germany / Brisbane, Australia : 0.421 sec / 1.005 sec / 1.253 sec
Server Response Time Scale: Less than 0,1 = Optimal; 0,1 - 1 = Acceptable; 1 - 4 = Noticable but tolerable delay; 4 - 8 = Bearly tolerant delay
This tool has help included on the tool's webpage (link): http://help.ning.com/cgi-bin/ning.cfg/php/enduser/home.php?p_sid=CAlwZG2k
There is no possiblity of changing the type or size of fonts in the tool (it can be done only as a browser functionality).